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Jean Segura hits first homer in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's bat is showing signs of waking up, as he homered for the first time in a 5-2 in over the Padres Wednesday.

Segura took Tyson Ross deep in his first at-bat, riving in three runs with a shot to left field. He finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI and one run scored in the win.

Segura is still hitting just .247/.273/.341 as he tries to work his way out of a season-opening slump. He has five RBI and 11 runs scored, but has been caught stealing on four of his nine stolen base attempts. 

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Yadier Molina extends hitting streak with three-hit game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games Wednesday, and he didn't leave much doubt. Molina reached base safely in each of his trips to the plate, finishing 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. He also drove in one run in the 3-2 loss.  

Molina is now hitting .36/.398/.557 through 20 hgames, with three home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. 

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Matt Carpenter finding his way
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was almost constantly on base Wednesday, in a 3-2 loss to the Mets. Carpenter reached four times, with three singles and a walk to his credit, though he scored just once while going 4 for 5.

 A recent three-game hitting streak has raised Carpenter's average to .296, and he carries a .392 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage as well through 22 games. 

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Andrew McCutchen homers in third straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has caught fire, homering for the third straight game Wednesday against the Reds.

McCutchen put together his third multi-hit game in a row to go along with the homer, a solo shot in the third inning of a 5-2 loss. He finished the game 2 for 4 with one RBI, one run scored and one walk.

As recently as Sunday, McCutchen was hitting just .243 with only one home run. He now has four homers on the season, and is hitting .298/.423/.536 in 84 at-bats.  

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Kenley Jansen settling back in
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen continued to turn his season around Wednesday, recording his fourth save in a row in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Jansen retired the Phillies in order for the save, striking out one batter and ending the inning on 14 pitches. He has tossed four scoreless outings in a row, lowering his ERA to 3.46 for the season, with 24 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. He is 8 for 10 on save chances. 

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Cole Hamels takes tough-luck loss in debut
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels did not look particularly rusty at all in his season debut Wednesday, though he took a tough loss as the Phillies fell, 5-2 to the Dodgers.

Hamels allowed two runs in six innings of work, one in the second and one in the fifth, limiting the Dodgers to six hits, four of which were singles. He struck out five and walked just one, while throwing 55 of 86 pitches for strikes.

Hamels showed few lingering issues following his recovery from a shoulder injury, and will likely have his pitch limit lifted in coming starts. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets. 

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Zack Greinke makes history in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke continued his stellar work Wednesday against the Phillies, as he moved to 4-0 in a 5-2 victory.

Greinke limited the Phillies to just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work, and he etched his name into the record books with the start. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was Greinke's 17th straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs, the longest streak since 1900. He struck out 11 and walked just one en route to the win.

Greinke is 4-0 through five starts, with a 2.45 ERA. He has struck out 40 batters while walking just five in 29 1/3 innings, and will try to keep his strong play up in his next start, Tuesday against the Twins. 

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Adam LaRoche shows no problems with quad
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was back in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, after missing the team's previous game with tightness in his quad. He showed no lingering effects from the injury, extending his hitting streak to seven games by going 3 for 5 with a walkoff RBI single in the 5-4 win.

LaRoche is off to a strong star to the season, hitting .315/.419/.479 in 73 at-bats, with three RBI and 12 home runs.

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No lingering effects for Dee Gordon
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies, but the shot he took to the head late in the team's previous game was not the reason why.

Manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com he was simply giving Gordon a day off to rest, and was feeling no ill effects after hitting his head on an infielder's knee Tuesday. 

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Chad Billingsley shut down five to seven days
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow Tuesday, in an effort to alleviate tendinitis in his flexor tendon. He will be shut down five to seven days to let the injection take effect according to MLB.com, and will then resume a throwing program.

There is no timetable for his return to action after this latest setback from Tommy John surgery. 

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